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Monday, April 19, 2004

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Apple Updates PowerBooks And iBooks
by Peter Cohen and Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple on Monday announced upgrades to its entire line of portable computing products. Apple's pro PowerBook models have been bumped to a top speed of 1.5GHz, while the consumer iBook now reaches speeds of 1.2GHz. "The year of the notebook didn't end in December, it's still going."

Apple At NAB

Apple Offers Shake 3.5
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new version of Shake features new shape-based morphing and warping capabilities that rely on spline tools, improves Rendezvous networking and more.

Apple Intros Xsan Storage Area Network System
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new file system is aimed at users in video and other businesses looking for high-speed access to centralized, shared data where even conventional LANs might still be too slow.

Apple Announces DVD Studio Pro 3
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
New to this release are Alpha Transitions, a new Graphical View, DTS 5.1 audio support and the inclusion of Compressor 1.2, Apple's digital media encoding and compression tool.

Apple Introduces Motion
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple introduced Motion, a new motion graphics design package that provides animation of text, graphics and video, instant previewing of multiple filters and particle effects, and "Behaviors" — natural movement of type and graphics, without depending on keyframes.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro With HD
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple on Sunday introduced Final Cut Pro HD, a new version of its video editing software that supports the DVCPRO HD format. Final Cut Pro HD is available as a free upgrade.

Panasonic, Apple Team For HD Over FireWire
by MacMinute
Panasonic and Apple today announced what the two companies call the world's first implementation of FireWire with 100 Mbps DV-HD to bring "unmatched capabiliteies and dramatically lower price points" to high definition (HD) post-productiona and content distribution.

Apple Releases LiveType 1.2 With New Effects
by MacNN
It adds new effects and templates, improves workflow integration with Final Cut Pro HD, and addresses Timeline behavior issues.

Apple Releases Cinema Tools 2.2, Compressor 1.2
by MacNN
Version 2.2 brings performance enhancements, extended support in Final Cut Pro HD for editing 24 @ 25 PAL video, and a fix for timecode when conforming from 24 fps to 25 fps.


Time Selects Steve Jobs For 'Top 100'
by MacMinute
Time magazine has placed Steve Jobs in its "Top 100" list issue, which presents the magazine's choices of the 100 most influential people in the world today.

Airport Software 3.4 Update Available
by MacMinute
New AirPort Extreme features include improved antenna output control, enhanced logging, and performance improvements for WPA security implementations.

Teaching An Old Walkman Some New Steps
by Ken Belson, New York Times
That internal battle was seen by many as the reason Sony, the inventor of the Walkman and the biggest player in the portable audio market, was being trounced by Apple Computer and its hit, the iPod music player, in the emerging digital segment. Something had to be done.

Adobe Announces After Effects 6.5, Optimized For Power Mac G5
by MacDailyNews
Significant new features include Animation Presets, an advanced clone tool, and tighter integration with the other Adobe video products.

Who's Driving THe Apple Market
by MacDirectory

Web-Based iTunes Music Store Client And Library
by Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
The Downhill Battle people are hosting a web-based script that searches the iTunes Music Store and allows you to interact with it as though you were using a copy of iTunes itself.

Mac @ Artwalk
by Unofficial Apple Weblog

Area Downplays Apple Layoffs
by Michael Kolber, Sacramento Bee
The Apple Computer plant closing last week in the Laguna West section of Elk Grove saddened residents and merchants there, but they said the layoff of at least 235 workers shouldn't have an appreciable impact on their community.


The Emperor's Mahjong
by Erica Marceau, Applelinks
What you're really getting when you buy The Emperor's Mahjong are the story mode, two-player mode, and the ability to make your own layouts. I hardly think this is worth $20, unless you really like Chinese proverbs and want to become Emperor of China.

A-O-Hell For Mac OS X
by Amy Alkon
AOL for Mac OS X has been really buggy.

Apple Macintosh Brings Some iLife Into Your Family
by Vishun K. Mahumd, Jakarta Post
Thanks to true innovation and continously falling prices, Apple computers are proving to be a viable alternative for families looking for their first (or second) computer.


Rumor Today: The Specs
by Heng-Cheong Leong

AppleInsider has the specs for Apple's upcoming new laptops. Alas, in general, no price reduction.

Imagine That...
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Imagine writing a technical manual using plain text. No "bolds", "italics" or "underline". No diagrams nor illustrations. No changes of fonts nor colors. And imagine having to write your manual using a text editor — such as vi — without any of the modern convenience one has come to expect out of Microsoft Word.

That is the sad state of affair of comments inside source code.


Group Challenges Microsoft's Patent For FAT File System
by Computerworld
The Public Patent Foundation claims that Microsoft's patent should never have been issued since it duplicates earlier patents.

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